Wonderland, Distinctly Haberman
Mixed Media on Panel
© Chris Haberman
Wonderland, Distinctly Haberman
We are pleased to announce that we are now representing book artist, Jana Sim, who first brought her personal and beautiful books to 23 Sandy Gallery for The Beautiful Book show in June. At first glance the viewer will notice the impeccable workmanship devoted to each of her artist books. Sim has integrated new technology with old world craftmanship, creating a link between the past and the present.
Korean Traditional Door Patterns (show above) is handsome, tactile, and pays homage to her father’s work. The book is constructed with wood pages, Coptic bound, incorporating laser-etched images of her father’s traditional door patterns and Korean text. In Korean Traditional Door, Sim details an intricate tapestry of pattern using contemporary materials such as plexiglas and laser cutting with classic Japanese binding. Both pieces are reminiscent of Sim’s childhood, family, and friends.
In ESL, Sim transforms English into a universal language by using letter forms as designs, rather than words only some us might understand. This book is a wonderful analogy of what it must feel like to struggle with English linguistics. Sim’s uses hand-marbled paper with punched alphabet letters in a flawlessly constructed tunnel book.
Sim has been a resident of Chicago, Illinois since 2002. She uses art to give voice to her childhood memories of Korea and cultural struggles she faces in the United States. She has exhibited at numerous places throughout the U.S. and we are very pleased to show her work her at 23 Sandy.
See you there!
Horse Power, Our Newest Artist Book Installation
In the back room this month we are very proud to launch a new artist book by Jessica Spring. Horse Power, a limited-edition artist book, letterpress printed on handmade horsehair paper, traces the history of this majestic animal through domestication and popular culture.
Horse Power is displayed within The Horse Show, an installation portraying the human/equine connection. Jessica Spring is the proprietor of Springtide Press in Tacoma, Washington where she designs, prints and binds unique artist books, broadsides and ephemera incorporating handmade paper and letterpress printing. Learn more about Horse Power here.
We also invite you to join us at the Gallery on August 1, 2009, at 4:00 p.m. when Jessica will present a talk and demonstrate the letterpress process. She’ll bring her tabletop Sigwalt letterpress, so come and print yourself a keepsake.
Due to the holiday, our usual First Friday artist reception has been rescheduled for Second Friday, July 10, 2009, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Join us for a mad tea party and meet the artist.
Regular Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday, Noon-6:00p.m. or by appointment. 23 Sandy will be closed on Saturday, July 4, 2009.
You’ll be quoting Alice too, when you check out our next exhibit featuring Portland artist Chris Haberman. But why wait until July. Come by the Gallery and step through the looking glass for your sneak peek of Haberman’s Mad Tea Party painting.
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Saturday, Noon to 6:00 p.m.and First Friday, 6 – 9:00 p.m. or by appointment.
Join us for an artists reception on First Friday from 6:00-9:00 p.m. This month we are holding a special Paper Round-Up during the reception.
Do you have a few extra sheets of decorative paper lying around the studio? If so, bring them to 23 Sandy on First Friday. Local bookbinders will soon come together to bind 100 journals in a day to benefit Write Around Portland workshop participants. We need decorative papers (patterned, solid color, whatever you’ve got) for covering boards and for endsheets. So, clean out your flat files, and contribute to a good cause. Paper can also be dropped of at 23 Sandy during normal business hours during June. For more information about this terrific non-profit click here.
23 Sandy Gallery is teaming up with one of our favorite gallery artists, Alex Appella, and her mother Judith Havas, to raise funds to donate a copy of their powerful family history, The János Book, to the permanent collection at The Oregon Jewish Museum.
When an old childhood photo of Alex Appella’s great uncle and his siblings turned up she was shocked to see the presence of an unknown child, a third brother, someone completely unknown and unfamiliar to the family. Seeking answers to the question of who this young man was, Alex sought out the only remaining family member who would know, János, the youngest of the four siblings born to her great grandparents.
Very reluctantly, and over a period of years, János finally agreed to expose the family secrets by revealing their hidden Jewish ancestry. This fascinating story of a master plan for survival following the Holocaust inspired The János Book, a handmade, limited-edition work of art. Alex Appella grew up in Salem, Oregon, granddaughter to one of the brothers featured in the book who emigrated here and helped build the Bonneville Dam and ships in Portland during World War II.
Alex has told a story that serves as witness to the many personal and painful experiences of this tragic and horrific time in history. It is our hope that The Oregon Jewish Museum might add this testimony in their archives. To accomplish this goal we are helping to raise money to purchase a copy of The János Book for their collection.
The Oregon Jewish Museum is the Pacific Northwest’s only Jewish museum. The museum was founded to examine and preserve the rich cultural heritage of one of Oregon’s earliest immigrant groups. Their collection is available to all who wish to learn more about this history.
Alex Appella began bookbinding as a way to share her writing and collage art while traveling. What began as a temporary solution within a nomadic lifestyle has turned into a way of life. Alex now writes and binds from her home in Córdoba, Argentina. Alex’s self-published artist’s books can be found in numerous private and public collections throughout the US and beyond. You can learn more about her work at www.transientbooks.com.
If you would like to be part of ensuring this story is shared with all, please contact us Laura Russell email@example.com or 503-927-4409. You can also send a Paypal payment the Laura at that same email address. Any contributions above and beyond the book price will be donated the Oregon Jewish Museum. If you haven’t seen this wonderful book yet, please stop by and take a look! Gallery Hours: Thursday – Saturday, Noon to 6:00 p.m.and First Friday, 6 – 9:00 p.m. or by appointment.
This is the last weekend to see the work of these two terrific artists, so be sure to make 23 Sandy one of your stops!
Gallery visitors voted, and Jim Kazanjian received the Audience Choice Award during last November’s Shelter show. Each of Kazanjian’s images are digital “assemblages” of found photographs that have become “repurposed” building elements. Kazanjian’s work is mysterious and endlessly intriguing.
Loren Nelson was our Best of Show Award winner from the Shelter show. Nelson photographs buildings encased in plastic sheaths while under construction. While awaiting their renaissance, you can almost hear these desolate buildings breath as clouds of white plastic flutter in the wind—realistic and surrealistic at the same time.
Don’t miss this chance to see these unique images. Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday, 12-6 p.m. Preview an online catalog of Loren and Jim’s work here.
Some of you may remember Roberta Lavadour’s work from our Maternal Legends exhibit this past December. She will also be showing three magnificent books at our upcoming The Beautiful Book exhibit in June. Each of Lavadour’s books is unique and one could not be more different from the other. Diamondback, is an amazing example of twined binding, a laborious, woven technique. According to Lavadour, “twining is a slow process–at my fastest I can twine a five inch tall book at a rate of ½ inch per hour.” Relative Memory II, a tribute of sorts to her mother, is a glass book with the image of her mother running through the spine. Once you open this book and reveal the thin glass pages, you will wonder how she accomplished this. The non-adhesive binding technique of Bliss’ Sappho is the antithesis of the twined binding of Diamondback. Lavadour opposes the original use of papyrus for Sappho’s writing by using red acetate for this piece. Inspired by the fragmented translations of Sappho’s poetry by Victorian men of the late 1800s, Lavadour presents her own take on the work of this ancient Greek lyric poet. The content and inspiration of these books will intrigue you, and the craftsmanship and technique will awe you.
Images: © Roberta Lavadour. Top: Relative Memory, Middle: Diamondback, Bottom: Bliss’ Sappho
In these tough times we all need a “Plan B” and thankfully our friend Brad Rogers has come up with one that will benefit all of us. Plan B is a manifestation of our former neighboring gallery, B. Rogers Gallery, which has relocated to NE Broadway—with some great additions. Brad still exhibits monthly gallery shows, but wanted to open a store that would offer affordable art for everyone, and now there is Plan B!
Brad has hand picked a special inventory of items that he says, “piqued my interest and have a unique voice.” If you’re a fan of the ordinary—made extraordinary—you’ll love Dave Meeker’s work. Meeker takes everyday materials and recreates them into objects that delight and surprise. His bowls made of plastic forks and bolted rock sculptures will make you smile. You’ll surely want to bring his work home. Nikki McFerren creates colorful, mixed media art that she refers to as “curiosities”. She also makes one-of-a–kind cards using iconic images that will be perfect for someone you know. Besides beautiful hand made greeting cards and sculpture, Plan B offers affordable paintings, unique jewelry, and much more. Next time you’re looking for a really special card or gift visit this wonderful addition to our neighborhood art scene.
And, don’t forget: Brad continues to represents 25 regional artists. If you’re looking for a great fine art piece, be sure to check out the back gallery.
Plan B can be found at 2415 NE Broadway, Portland, OR. The shop and gallery are open Thursday-Saturday, 11-6 and Sunday, 12-5. For extra fun, make this one of your stops on First Friday, June 5, 2009 from 6-9p.m. Phone: 503-236-0600
The Beautiful Book: Exploring the Allure of Artist Books will be showing in the Gallery from June 5-27, 2009. Don’t miss our First Friday artist reception on June 5, 2009, 6-9 p.m.
Don’t miss this wonderful event at the Gallery on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 5:00 p.m.
Alex Appella was born and raised is Salem, Oregon, but began writing her original poems and short stories while living on a boat in Juneau, Alaska. She and husband, Magú, have traveled from Alaska to Latin America sharing their music and poetry. We are thrilled to invite you to share an evening with us as Alex recites her writings and Magú sings and plays acoustic guitar.Alex is also showing an exhibit of her artist books at the Gallery. Be sure to join us for this exciting performance!
New Touchstones in Stock!
Pamela Paulsrud has been beachcombing again and we are announcing the arrival her newest Touchstones to the Gallery. Fans of these lovely books will be excited about this new selection, just in time for (dare we say) “summer” in Oregon! New fans will love the smooth look and feel of Paulsrud’s Touchstones. Close your eyes, hear the surf and imagine the sand between your toes–you’re sure to feel as though you made a trip to the beach and collected your own treasures.
Paulsrud has “chosen the book in sculptural form to explore these narratives of the landscape. The book has been the vehicle of language across the ages. I consider it an intrinsically visual experience, a spatial and tactile object whose form is fundamental to conveying its message.”
We are located at 623 NE 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97232
Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday, Noon to 6:00 p.m. and by appointment.
Rescheduled David Paul Bayles Lecture
Please join this Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. for a rescheduled, free lecture by David Paul Bayles, our featured artist in the gallery this month, showing photographs from his Falling Trees series. From his early days as a logger in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to his present home on Dreaming Forest Farm outside Corvallis, David Paul Bayles has lived and worked from, with and in the trees. His embrace of the paradox we all live—trees as resource and trees as sentient beings—has provided a singular focus and fertile ground for his photography for over 25 years. His stories about his journey from logger to committed environmentalist are fascinating and heartening.
Ten years later, Bayles made two trips to Northern California to photograph loggers and sought to answer the question “How could I have been part of cutting down these sentient beings, separating them from their community and in the process grow to love and be inspired by them?” His collection of portraits, oral histories, and photos eulogize the felling of these statuesque trees. In the series, Falling Trees, Bayles has assembled 12 large format black and white images, shot with a 4×5 view camera. Captured is the beauty of the forest along with the grace and power of a tree in motion.
David Paul Bayles has been a photographer for 25 years and has been showing his photographs of trees and forests since 1982. In 2003 Sierra Club Books published Bayles’ first monograph, Urban Forest. His photographs are in collections around the world including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin, and Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, not to mention our own Portland Art Museum. He presently resides on Dreaming Forest Farm outside Corvallis, Oregon.
Bayles will present his rescheduled artist lecture on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public. Bayles’ stories about his journey from logger to committed environmentalist are fascinating and heartening, and will offer a peek into the dangerous world of rough men and “widow makers” that few ever experience.